Interconnecting Ad Hoc Networks to Fixed Internet: Challenges, Solutions and Experimental Evaluation
Speaker: Raffaele Bruno.
Date: 15 March 2007 Time: 12:00-13:30
Location: "Mediterranean Studies" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Vasilios Siris


It is widely recognized that a prerequisite for the commercial penetration of the ad hoc networking technologies is the integration with existing wired/wireless infrastructure-based networks to provide an easy and transparent access to the Internet and its services. This talk describes the main technical challenges that must be addressed to enable the interconnection between IPv4-based MANETs and the Internet and briefly presents the various solutions proposed in the research community.

Then, I will describe a lightweight architecture employing basic layer-2 functionalities to build heterogeneous ad hoc networks interconnected to the fixed Internet. Finally, we discuss the experiences and lessons learnt from a prototype implementation of this architecture.


Raffaele Bruno received the Laurea degree in Telecommunication Engineering and the PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1999 and 2003 respectively. From 2003 is a Researcher for the IIT Institute of the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa.

His research interests are in the area of wireless and mobile networks with emphasis on MAC protocols for wireless networks, architectures for wireless access to the Internet, TCP modelling in Wireless LANs, routing and resource allocation in Mesh Networks.

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